I have eaten at hundreds of Yelp restaurants over the years. If it's 3.5 stars or up, I have a good experience the vast majority of the time. 2 star restaurants are consistently not good. So, at least from the consumer standpoint, it works for me. I have an online store, not local, and personally I don't believe that they are doing anything shady. It's hard to provide the level of transparency needed but seems to me like they are making progress.
I used to love Yelp, but somehow I can't trust their reviews anymore. Plus, it's like the Netflix recommendations -- after awhile, everything gets watered down to 3 stars and its impossible to find any standout places to eat. I will continue to use them I guess.
Yelp has enough people posting reviews now for it to be a helpful when I am traveling or just at home looking for a place to eat on Friday night! The reviews are to the point and their review system enables me to determine for myself how near the truth they are.
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